IBM's Hot Weather Move, Oracle's Cloud Push: Big Data Roundup
Oracle's assertive cloud plans, and big weather plays from IBM and Amazon were among the top stories in big data for the week ending Oct 30. Here's a look at those developments, and other news from Microsoft, SAS, and more.
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Oracle and IBM dominated big data and analytics this week, though Microsoft Azure, SAS, and others had their fair share of announcements as well.
Not to be outdone by IBM's weather acquisition, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced this week that its newest public data set is real-time and archival NEXRAD weather radar data, according to Ariel Gold, who wrote about the news on the AWS Official Blog. The Next Generation Weather Radar is a network of 160 high-resolution Doppler radar sites that detect precipitation and atomospheric movement and disseminate data in five-minute intervals. "This is the first time the full NEXRAD Level II archive has been accessible to the public on demand," she wrote "A wide range of customers have expressed interest in this data, including insurance providers, climate researchers, logistics companies, and weather companies."
SAS Launches Data Science Academy
Elsewhere in Las Vegas, SAS used its annual conference as the launchpad for its SAS Academy for Data Science. SAS said the new academy is designed to teach big data management, advanced analytics, machine learning, data visualization, and "the essential communication skills needed by data scientists today."
Microsoft this week posted a long product roadmap blog about SQL Server 2016. Pointing out that it's been positioned as a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics platforms for eight years running, Microsoft expressed its intent to bring together tools to make cloud and on-premises solutions align. In a blog post attributed to its SQL Server Team, the company said: "We are aligning our cloud and on-premises solutions. It is our intent that your reporting technology investments and expertise will transfer across these deployment modalities so you can easily mix and match on-premises and cloud components, and benefit from our unique hybrid scenarios." This hybrid message reminds us of Oracle's hybrid cloud statements earlier this week.
Azure Data Lake and Data Factory
And over at the Microsoft Azure Blog the company was providing details about big data pipelines using Azure Data Lake and Azure Data Factory. Microsoft Azure Data Factory Program Manager Gaurav Malhotra wrote in the post that the expanded Azure Data Lake includes Azure Data Lake Store, Azure Data Lake Analytics, and Azure HDInsight. "The Azure Data Lake Store provides a single repository where you can easily capture data of any size, type and speed without forcing changes to your application as data scales," he wrote. "Azure Data Lake Analytics is a new service built on Apache YARN and includes U-SQL, a language that unifies the benefits of SQL with the expressive power of user code."
Jessica Davis has spent a career covering the intersection of business and technology at titles including IDG's Infoworld, Ziff Davis Enterprise's eWeek and Channel Insider, and Penton Technology's MSPmentor. She's passionate about the practical use of business intelligence, ... View Full Bio
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